Jesus’ Crucifixion and Resurrection

Bible Passage: Matthew 26–28; 1 Corinthians 15

Story Point: Jesus’ resurrection gives us hope for eternal life.

Key Passage: If my people who are called by my name humble themselves, and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and heal their land. - 2 Chronicles 7:14

Big Picture Question: How did God plan to fix what sin broke? Before He created the world, God planned to send the Messiah to save sinners.

CHRIST CONNECTION: Jesus showed He has power over sin and death. God accepted Jesus’ payment for sin, so everyone who trusts in Him can be forgiven and have eternal life. Jesus death and resurrection is the center of the gospel. In Adam, we were spiritually dead in sin, but Jesus died to pay for our sins. Jesus is alive! God gives new life to everyone who trusts in Jesus.


Another great option (or addition) is to READ about Jesus' resurrection to your kids right out of the gospels in the New Testament. It is found in these locations:

  • Matthew 28
  • Mark 16
  • Luke 24
  • John 20



silent sillies

What you need: Write out scenarios ahead of time and put in a bag (optional)

Suggested phrases: playing baseball, delivering mail, landing an airplane, flying a kite, playing chess, baking bread, scuba diving, watering a garden, finger-painting, building a campfire, shopping at the mall, dancing a ballet

What to Do: Choose a person to stand at the front of the room. Whisper a phrase in her ear and challenge her to act it out silently (or draw one out of the bag). The rest of the family should shout out what they think is happening. When a person guesses correctly, she gets to act out the next phrase. Play several rounds.

What to Say: Sometimes what you thought was happening and what was actually happening didn’t quite match. In today’s Bible story, we heard about a time when people though Jesus had been defeated by His enemies. But that wasn’t the true story.

empty tomb pillow fort

What you need:

  • chairs/tables
  • blankets/pillows
  • Couch cushions

What to Do: Use chairs, tables, etc. to provide structure for a pillow fort. Stack pillows or cushions against the furniture and drape blankets over the structure to make a kind of “cave.” Allow the kids to take turns going into the cave.

SAY • Jesus died on the cross and was buried in a tomb. Jesus’ tomb would have been kind of like a cave; the Bible tells us it was cut into the side of a rocky hill. We took turns going into out little tomb and coming out, and today we will hear about how Jesus came out of His tomb. A little while later, some other people also went in the tomb and came out.

questions to talk about

  1. What did the religious leaders want to do with Jesus? (kill Him, Matt. 26:66)
  2. What sign was hung above Jesus on the cross? (This is Jesus, King of the Jews, Matt 27:37)
  3. Who saw Jesus raised from the dead? (Mary Magdalene, Peter and the disciples, and more than 500 other people; Matt. 28:1,16; 1 Cor. 15:5-8)
  4. How can you know if you are saved? Guide kids to see it is not our feelings that save us, it is God’s grace given to us through faith. (Eph. 2:8-9) Help them understand that salvation comes to everyone who trusts in Jesus. (Rom. 10:9) Explain what is written in the Bible—we can know that we are saved, even if we don’t feel saved or do sometimes choose sin. (1 John 5:12-13)
  5. Why is the resurrection so important? Discuss Jesus’ role as a substitute. Jesus died for our sins because He had no sin. If He had stayed dead, it would have meant His sacrifice wasn’t enough. Jesus’ resurrection ensures that we will live forever with God because it proved that sin is paid for completely.
  6. What does it mean to have eternal life? Help kids understand that eternal life is more than just a place with God after we die. Point out that our new life begins as soon as we believe the truth about Jesus. We become new creatures. Our current lives reflect that change through loving obedience to Jesus, and we look to the future when Jesus will return and fix all that sin has broken.



Guide kids to think about and answer one or two journaling prompts. Be sure to join them.

  • What does this story teach me about God or the gospel?
  • What does the story teach me about myself?
  • Are there things God is asking me to do in this story? How are they for God’s glory and my good?
  • Are there any promises in this story to remember? How do they help me trust and love God?
  • What characteristics of God do I see in this story?
  • What does the story teach me about people around me?
  • If I’m honest, what parts of this are hard to understand or believe?

talking to kids about the gospel...

Here’s one way we talk about the gospel with elementary kids

A- We are God’s most treasured creation! Created to be with Him. However, there’s a problem. It’s sin. Sin is anything we do that isn’t what God wants for us. We’ve all done it, even me. And sin gets in the way of us having a relationship with God. We need to admit we have this problem!

B- Believe that Jesus is who He says He is and did what He said He did in order to make a way for our relationship with God to be made whole again...specifically He loves you SO MUCH that...”Christ died for our sins, just as Scripture said he would. He was buried. He was raised from the dead on the third day, just as Scripture said he would be.” (1 Cor. 15: 3-4) He took the punishment we deserved.

C- Choose to put your faith in Jesus. Jesus says that our response, or the way we accept it is by faith. In other words putting our trust in Him.